A 23-year-old mother of four was on Monday jailed for one year, after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm — burning her 6-year-old son three times with an iron.
The woman, Tashika Da Souza of Lower Questelles, told Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias that she did not know that the iron was hot when she pressed it against her son’s left hand and abdomen.
Chief Prosecutor Adolphus Delphelce described the act as “wicked, backward and barbaric”.
The court heard that Da Souza’s son defecated on himself after she had readied him for school on Thursday.
She then burnt him with the iron.
When asked what she had to say for herself, Da Souza told the court she was sorry for what transpired, but she did not know the iron was still hot, since she had plugged it out a while before the incident.
Da Souza is said to have attempted to hide the incident, but it was reported anonymously to the Questelles Police Station, triggering her arrest and subsequent charge.